Biography of Stephen W. Dickson
Stephen Dickson was born in Newcastle, in the state of New South Wales, Australia, on the 5th September 1948.
He was a National Serviceman.
His service in Vietnam included:-
1 Australian Reinforcement Unit, from the 4th March 1970 to the 24th March 1970
6th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, from the 25th March 1970 to the 13th May 1970
7th Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment, from the 14th May 1970 to the 6th June 1970
… the fatal action in Vietnam …
The next morning’s clearance of the ambush site triggered an M16 anti– personnel mine. Private Mick O’Halloran, the only survivor of the search group, received shrapnel wounds and was evacuated by Dustoff helicopter to Vung Tau. He later returned to the battalion and a period of light duties. The Australian soldiers killed by the explosion were Private Stephen Dickson, Private Stanley Larsson and Private Paul Navarre.
A memorial in Newcastle’s Civic Park to local soldiers killed in Vietnam includes the names of Private Stephen Dickson, Corporal Tom Blackhurst, and Private ‘Ziggy’ Trzecinski.
New South Wales
RSL Wall 14E Niche 157
Details compiled by ‘Doc’ Russell, SA